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Books for scientists and advanced students

Five Kingdoms: An Illustrated Guide to the Phyla of Life on Earth 3rd edition, by Lynn Margulis and Karlene V. Schwartz, W. H. Freeman, 1998, 502 pp. A description of each phylum of bacteria, protoctists, fungi, animals, and plants accompanied by a live photograph and a labeled drawing of a typical member. Cloth and paper, trade and text. W. H. Freeman and Ward's (2nd ed., cat. #32 W 0514).

Handbook of Protoctista: The Structure, Cultivation, Habitats and Life Histories of the Eukaryotic Micro-organisms and Their Descendants Exclusive of Animals, Plants and Fungi, edited by Lynn Margulis, John O. Corliss, Michael Melkonian, and David J. Chapman, Jones and Bartlett, 1990, 914 pp. Integrated information on the acquisition, culture, structure and classification, fossil record, literature, and other aspects of eukaryotic microorganisms. Large format; many illustrations. 1st edition out of print; 2nd edition in preparation with Academic Press.

Illustrated Glossary of Protoctista: Vocabulary of the Algae, Apicomplexa, Ciliates, Foraminifera, Microspora, Water Molds, Slime Molds, and the Other Protoctists, edited by Lynn Margulis, Heather I. McKhann, and Lorraine Olendzenski, Jones and Bartlett, 1993, 288 pp. Modern nomenclature and taxonomy from phylum to genus of eukaryotic microorganisms and their larger descendants. Cloth, $54.95. Jones and Bartlett.

Origins of Sex: Three Billion Years of Genetic Recombination, by Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan. Yale University Press, 1991, 258 pp. DNA recombination in bacteria, cell fusion in protists, appearance of gender, alternation of generations, and other sexual processes in the context of their evolution. Cloth, $37.50; paper, $17.00. Yale University Press.

Symbiosis in Cell Evolution: Microbial Communities in the Archean and Proterozoic Eons, 2nd edition, by Lynn Margulis, W. H. Freeman, 1993, 452 pp. The symbiotic acquisition of bacterial genomes and accompanying metabolism (i.e., motility, oxygen respiration, photosynthesis) is argued to be the major source of evolutionary innovation. This advanced monograph details the best example of symbiogenesis: the origin of the eukaryotic cell and the appearance of the first protoctists, from which fungi, animals, and plants evolved. Profusely illustrated. Cloth, $44.95; paper, $34.95. W. H. Freeman.

Early Life, 2nd edition, by Michael Dolan and Lynn Margulis, Jones and Bartlett, in press. Origin of life and evolution of major metabolic pathways and developmental patterns in bacterial and eukaryotic cells. Paper. Jones and Bartlett.

Environmental Evolution: Effects of the Origin and Evolution of Life on Planet Earth, 2nd edition, edited by Lynn Margulis, Aaron Haselton, and Clifford Matthews, MIT Press, 2000, 338 pp. Origins of life, Archean and Proterozoic fossils, microbial mats and stromatolites, plate tectonics and continental drift, karyotypic fissioning, and other concepts concerning the effects of life on Earth's environment described by their investigators. How to teach these meaningful scientific concepts to advanced undergraduates. Cloth, $65.00; paper, $27.95. MIT Press.

Symbiosis as a Source of Evolutionary Innovation: Speciation and Morphogenesis, edited by Lynn Margulis and René Fester, MIT Press, 1991, 454 pp. Luminous fish, nematode-bacterium associations, deep-sea-vent sulfide-oxidizing bacteria of tubeworms, fungus-plant relations, and the evolutionary significance of other experimentally analyzable symbioses described by the research scientists who investigate them. Cloth, $42.50. MIT Press.

Concepts of Symbiogenesis: A Historical and Critical Study of the Research of Russian Botanists (English translation of a Russian book by L. N. Khakhina), edited by Mark McMenamin and Lynn Margulis, Yale University Press, 1992, 177 pp. Foreword by Alexander Vucinich. By the time K. S. Merezhkhovsky introduced the term “symbiogenesis” for the fusing of evolutionary lineages and the appearance of new complex individuals (integrated symbionts), A. S. Famintsyn had already attempted to grow chloroplasts in vitro. Khakhina chronicles the early work on symbiosis in evolution, noting that B. M. Kozo-Polyansky (1924) asserted, but only in Russian, that microbial symbiosis is the source of variation upon which Darwinian natural selection acts. This literature is brought together to an English-reading public for the first time. Includes an appendix on Colorado symbiosis biologist Ivan E. Wallin by Donna Mehos. Cloth, $20.00. Sciencewriters.

The Internship Experience: Planetary Biology Internship Program. Four reports, covering 1980-1986, 1986-1992, 1992-1996, 1996-2000. Short descriptions of research organized by interns, mostly research investigators in the NASA astrobiology program. Photocopies only, at photocopying cost per page.

Books for the Public

Into the Cool, by Eric D. Schneider and Dorion Sagan, University Of Chicago Press, 2005. Scientists, theologians, and philosophers have all sought to answer the questions of why we are here and where we are going. Finding this natural basis of life has proved elusive, but in the eloquent and creative Into the Cool, Eric D. Schneider and Dorion Sagan look for answers in a surprising place: the second law of thermodynamics. This second law refers to energy's inevitable tendency to change from being concentrated in one place to becoming spread out over time. In this scientific tour de force, Schneider and Sagan show how the second law is behind evolution, ecology,economics, and even life's origin. Working from the precept that "nature abhors a gradient," Into the Cool details how complex systems emerge, enlarge, and reproduce in a world tending toward disorder.   Hardcover, $30.00. ($19.80 on

Up From Dragons: The Evolution of Intelligence, by John R. Skoyles and Dorion Sagan, McGraw-Hill Trade, 2002. Here is the new story of who and what we are -- the science of our origins and destiny. Your genes evolved 120,000 years ago to be a simple hunter-gatherer but now they make you an Up From Dragons reader. Why? And what lies ahead? What of our children? Hi-tech is shifting into braintech -- the human species is embarking upon another journey as human progress takes your Stone Age genes into the era of the Brain. More about Up From Dragons   Hardcover, $27.95. ($19.57 on McGraw-Hill Trade.

Acquiring Genomes: A Theory of the Origins of Species, by Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan, Basic Books, 2002. Evolutionary novelties spring from long-term symbioses, larval transfer, and karyotypic fission (kinetochore reproduction). Darwin would have agreed: Accumulations of random mutations alone are not enough. Paperback, $16.95 ($11.87 on Hardcover, $28.00. ($19.60 on Basic Books.

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The Microcosmos Coloring Book, by Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1988, 232 pp. Seashore, temperate forest, desert, karst, and park (including people) as habitats for microorganisms. Large format for photocopying, labeling, and coloring. Paper, $8.00. Sciencewriters.

Mystery Dance: On the Evolution of Human Sexuality, by Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan, Summit Books, 1991, 224 pp. Multilevel effects of ancestors on human sexual form and behavior are summarized. Lacanian psychoanalysis, reptilian origins of the mammal brain, sperm competition, and the role of jealous violence in genetic propagation are among the concerns. Begins with the most recently evolved ancestors and ends with the origins of meiosis and bacterial sex in threatening environments. Cloth, $15.00 (Sciencewriters); paper, $12.00 (Simon & Schuster).

Microcosmos: Four Billion Years of Evolution from Our Microbial Ancestors, by Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan, University of California Press, 1997. Foreword by Dr. Lewis Thomas. Popular detailed account of early life, including the origin of nucleated cells, the originally toxic buildup of oxygen in Earth's atmosphere, and the appearance of plants and animals from colonies of microbes. A new author's preface recalls the need to move beyond the book's strategic inversion of microbes over humans. Begins with the origin of the universe, 15 billion years ago, and ends with the future of life, with and without humans. Paper, $11.95. University of California Press.

Peas and Particles: Estimating Large Numbers to Understand Natural Selection, by Lynn Margulis and colleagues, NeoSci Corporation, 2001 (in preparation).

Garden of Microbial Delights: A Practical Guide to the Subvisible World, by Dorion Sagan and Lynn Margulis, Kendall/Hunt, 1993. A guide to the history of knowledge, diversity, and usefulness of the microscopic world, including notes on how to keep microbial pets. Written with teachers and students, nature lovers and natural history museum-goers in mind. Abundantly illustrated. Cloth, $36.95. Kendall/Hunt.

Biospheres: Metamorphosis of Planet Earth, by Dorion Sagan, McGraw-Hill, 1990, 198 pp. Gaia-based scenario that Earth, through technological humanity, is on the verge of reproducing. Contains sections on Vernadsky's views of the biosphere, Samuel Butler on machine evolution, and early attempts at making closed ecosystems. Cloth, $19.95. McGraw-Hill.

What Is Life? by Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan, Nevraumont Publishing, 1999. Illustrated with color photographs and black-and-white drawings, this philosophical and scientific essay explores one of history's most fascinating questions. Our concept of life transcends both “mechanism” and “vitalism.” The solar basis of the global economy, humanity's status as superorganism, the neglected role of free will in life's evolution and environ-mental transformation are described. Introduction by Niles Eldredge. Cloth out of print; paper, $29.95. (New paperback, University of California Press, due August 2000.)

Slanted Truths: Essays on Gaia, Symbiosis, and Evolution, by Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan, Copernicus Books, 1997. “Sunday with J. Robert Oppenheimer” and other works, some previously published, describing the “big trouble” with neo-Darwinian biology and the destructive effects generally of academic apartheid. Essays detail the context of life as a planetary phenomenon in which symbiogenesis, especially via bacterial associations, is the main source of evolutionary novelty. Preface by Philip and Phylis Morrison. Cloth, $27.00. Copernicus Books, Springer-Verlag.

What Is Sex? by Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan, Nevraumont Publishing, 1998. A philosophical and pictorial inquiry into the evolution of sex from its philosophical beginnings in an energetic universe to cybersex and beyond. Cloth, $30.00. Simon & Schuster, New York.

Symbiotic Planet: A New Look at Evolution, by Lynn Margulis, John Brockman's Science Masters Series, Basic Books, 1998. Concepts of life -personal, professional, and microbial- its origin and evolution. This living planet Earth and its history as it has been constructed in the late twentieth century by scientists, friends, and colleagues. As seen through the eyes of student, failed wife, mother, and professor, this book, part memoir, is mostly an explanation of scientific discoveries. Cloth, $23.00; paper, $12.00. Basic Books.

Cooking with Jesus, by Dorion Sagan, self-published, 2000. A metacomedy featuring cheap, easy, hedonistic recipes with a “Christian” bent. $15.00. Available at

Books for Children and Young Adults

Diversity of Life: The Five Kingdoms, by Lynn Margulis, Enslow Publishers, 1992, 80 pp. Details of the major features, members, and history of the five kingdoms. Provides easy background reading for the five-kingdoms poster classroom activities (see Science for Teachers and Students, next column). Illustrated by black-and-white photographs and drawings. Cloth, $16.95. (Seeking new publisher.)

Biospheres: From Earth to Space, by Dorion Sagan and Lynn Margulis, Enslow Publishers, 1992, 96 pp. Concepts of ecosystem ecology in the context of people colonizing space. Illustrated by black-and-white photographs and drawings. Cloth, $16.95. (Seeking new publisher.)

Science for Teachers and Students

An Introduction to the Carbon Cycle: What Happens to Trash and Garbage? by Lynn Margulis and colleagues, 2001. Classroom teaching activities for middle- and high-school science. Boxed unit includes 44-page teacher's guide, picture packet for photosort activities, carbon cycle poster, 4-page guide to the carbon cycle poster, and 16-minute video of live microscopic mold and mushroom development. NeoSci Corporation.

Five Kingdoms Poster, by Lynn Margulis, illustrated by Christie Lyons based on design by Dorion Sagan, Ward's, 1992. Set includes a teacher's guide to the poster and a guide to classroom activities. Complete set (cat. #33 W 0024), $24.95; poster only (cat. #33 W 0025), $10.95. Ward's.

Five Kingdoms CD-ROM, A digital version of the classic work of Lynn Margulis & Karlene Schwartz. Provides detailed, multimedia information on the five kingdoms with over 500 drawings, photographs and video clips. All 92 living phyla are thoroughly described through graphic images complemented by explanatory text. A unique, interactive habitat key allows your students to quickly discover where each of the referenced organisms live. Your students can also reference supporting information by accessing the hyperlinked, illustrated glossary containing over 700 entries. $99.95. NeoSci Corporation

Diversity of Life on Earth: The Illustrated Five Kingdoms, by Lynn Margulis, Karlene V. Schwartz, and Michael Dolan; illustrated by Christie Lyons and Kathryn Delisle; Jones and Bartlett, 1999. An introduction to all the major groups of organisms -both familiar and less well-known plants, animals, fungi, protoctists, and bacteria- in their natural habitats. Includes classification systems, life histories, and drawings of microbes in nature. Unmarked full-page illustrations are accompanied by reduced, labeled versions showing communities of live beings in their ecological context. Paper (spiral-bound), $35.00. Jones and Bartlett.

Living Sands: Mapping Time and Space with Forams, by Lynn Margulis and Lois Brynes, 2000. The importance of understanding the geological scale using fossil protists in a set of 10 classroom activities. For introductory college and high school science teachers (one to four classroom periods). Unit includes foram-rich sand samples, photomicrographs, teacher's guide, maps, spiral-bound student workbook, and 8-minute video on deep-sea drilling for foram collection and multiple fission in foram cell reproduction. $99.95. NeoSci Corporation (cat. #10-20-2213).


(35 mm color projection slides)

Introduction to the Five Kingdoms, by Lynn Margulis and Karlene V. Schwartz, Ward's, 1987, 20 slides. Set, with manual (cat. #170 W 0104), $37.95. Complete set (this introduction, together with each of the five kingdom slide sets listed below), 200 slides with teacher's manual (cat. #170 W 0110), $340.00. Ward's.

Monera, by Lynn Margulis and Karlene V. Schwartz, Ward's, 1987, 40 slides. Examples of prokaryotic cell structure, live cyanobacteria, spores of bacilli, Gram-stained bacteria, natural bacterial communities, and other important bacterial phenomena. No cartoons or computer graphics; photos or electron micrographs of live archaebacteria and eubacteria. Set, with brief teacher's manual, $75.00. Ward's (cat. #170 W 0105).

Protoctista, by Lynn Margulis and Karlene V. Schwartz, Ward's, 1988, 40 slides. A photographic example of each major group (phylum) of algae, amebas, slime molds, chytridio-mycotes, slime nets, ciliates, and the many other eukaryotic microbes and their descendants. Set, with brief teacher's manual, $75.00. Ward's (cat. #170 W 0106).

Fungi, by Lynn Margulis and Karlene V. Schwartz, Ward's, 1987, 20 slides. Photographs of ascomycotes, basidiomycotes, lichens, and fungal mating, including molds, yeasts, and mushrooms. Guide explains basics of fungal life cycles. Set, with brief teacher's manual, $37.95. Ward's (cat. #170 W 0107).

Animals, by Lynn Margulis and Karlene V. Schwartz, Ward's, 1988, 40 slides. Developing from embryos, themselves from egg and sperm. One photograph each of more than 30 animal phyla in their natural habitat (most are marine). Set, with brief teacher's manual, $75.00. Ward's (cat. #170 W 0109).

Plants, by Lynn Margulis and Karlene V. Schwartz, Ward's, 1987, 40 slides. Plant definition and photographs of a plant embryo, a bryophyte, and each major kind of tracheophyte, including horsetails, ferns, lycopods, Welwitschia (Gnetales), gymnosperms, and angiosperms shown in their natural surroundings. Set, with brief teacher's manual, $75.00. Ward's (cat. #170 W 0108).


(NS = no sound; M = music only)

Dreaming the Dream: Southeast Alaska, with Jonathan White, 1989, 10 min., color. $25.00. Sciencewriters.

Life Histories of Common Fungi, 2000, 18 min., color, NS. $39.95. Ward's (cat. #193 W 1200 VHS). NeoSci Corporation.

Our Living Planet Earth, Ward's, 1993. Part I: Origins of Life. Part II: Five Kingdoms of Life. Part III: People Are . . . Mammals. 30 min. total, color. Complete set (cat. #193 Y 1204 VHS), $67.00; Part I only (cat. #193 Y 1201 VHS), $24.95; Part II only (cat. #193 Y 1202 VHS), $24.95; Part III only (cat. #193 Y 1203 VHS), $24.95. Ward's.

Gaia to Microcosm: Planetary Life, Kendall/Hunt Publishing, 1994. Four short videos: From Bacteria to Biosphere, Photo-synthetic Bacteria- Red Sunlight Transformers, Spirosymplokos deltaeiberi- Microbial Mats and Mud Puddles, and Ophrydium versatile- What Is an Individual? Includes printed narrative keyed to video by small numbers on the screen. 35 min. total, color, M. $93.95 $25.00. Sciencewriters.

Looking at Microbes: Introduction to Microbiology Laboratory for Students, 1997. Two sets of short videos. Volume I on staining, pH measurement, sterile technique, using the microscope, and other standard microbiological practices. Volume II on microbial motility, bacterial spores, protists and bacterial life in cow's rumen. Color, M. Student guide $6.00; inquire for video price. Jones and Bartlett.

Microcosmos Videos, 1999. Two volumes. Volume I: Cells and Reproduction: 1. Cell Motility: Morphogenetic movement, bacterial flagella rotation, phototaxis, magnetotaxis, eukaryotic cell motility- actin- and tubulin-based. 2. Mitosis: Plant and animal tissue cell divisions in which chromosomes, spindles, and mitochondria are seen clearly. (No animation or cartoons.) 3. Sex or Reproduction?: Sex is very different from reproduction. Sex lives of Trichonympha, Paramecium, Chlamydomonas, and others entirely separate from reproduction, contrasted with spectacular nonsexual reproductive modes in microbes, Paramecium, and others. 28 min. total. Volume II: Evolution and Diversity: 1. Five Kinds of Life. 2. Green Animals. 3. Why Protoctista?. 4. Nitrogen Fixation: Fern-Cyanobacterium Symbiosis. 35 min. total. Color, M. Illustrated guide book. Guide book, $25.00; guide book and one video, $150.00; guide book and two videos, $275.00. Jones and Bartlett.


Summer and winter views of Emily Dickinson's house in Amherst, MA (shown below). $.60/card.

              Summer © Lynn Margulis

              Winter © Tonio Sagan

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